3
Jun

adidas’ World Cup adverts involving cow hearts upsets animal rights activists

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A new World Cup ad campaign by sports giants adidas is stirring up a little bit of controversy. The adverts feature several of the world’s best players holding up bloody cow hearts while pledging to give up theirs in Brazil:

Arjen Robben, Diego Costa, Nani, Dani Alves and Lukas Podolski star in the series of adverts, which has at least one animal rights group up in arms:

"If this was supposed to be some sort of PR stunt, then it misses the point. It’s bad enough that animals are slaughtered for food but to parade a heart, dripping blood and gore, is hardly a good way to advertise a sporting goods firm," a spokesman for the German group "Four Paws" said.

"[Podolski] says he’d give his heart but it wasn’t his heart was it. It was the heart of an innocent animal,’ the spokesman said.

That’s a good point, but then again holding up his own heart would be a little counterproductive to his World Cup ambitions:

Podolski defended his decision to take part in the advert. “I don’t find it disgusting,” the Arsenal winger said, “It just shows my promise to give my heart in our bid to win the World Cup. I and the rest of the team will give it all for Germany.’

H/T Daily Mail

23
May

Diego Costa looks like he may start in the Champions League final after all

After pulling out of Atletico Madrid’s final La Liga match last weekend with a knee injury, it wasn’t looking good for Diego Costa heading into the Champions League final. 

Apparently, his health has taken a sharp turn in the right direction over the last six days.

His hamstring doesn’t look like it’s troubling him at all, does it?

Even more video emerged from Costa training with Atletico on Friday, and it now seems entirely possible that he could start against Real on Saturday (live on FOX at 2 p.m. ET).

That magical horse placenta is quite the miracle worker, huh?

(H/T r/soccer)

13
Apr

Fan bares all to distract Diego Costa’s PK attempt against Getafe

Warning: The image and video below contain partial nudity.

Fans will go to extreme lengths to distract players on opposing teams, but this is one of the most shameless we’ve seen.

When Diego Costa stepped up to take a penalty kick for Atletico Madrid against Getafe on Sunday, one dedicated fan dropped trou in an attempt to throw Costa off.

It worked.

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14
Feb

Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

6
Feb

United winger Januzaj a summer target for Paris Saint-Germain

Plenty of good transfer gossip in today’s edition of Paper Chase, none more so than speculation surrounding Adnan Januzaj, the Manchester United winger who is reportedly a summer target for big-spending paris Saint-Germain.

We also have the latest on Arsene Wenger’s amusing search for transfer targets. The Frenchman would like to sign one of three major strikers in the summer. What are the chances he decides Nicklas Bendtner will come good eventually and keep his hands in his pocket? Click here for these rumors and a lot more.

27
Jan

Chelsea inching closer to Diego Costa coup

Jose Mourinho may have said that Chelsea will not be signing a striker in the January transfer window but that hasn’t stopped the rumormongers from saying that the Blues have a verbal agreement to sign prolific Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. If that’s the case the Londoners, who have parted company with Juan Mata but signed Mohamed Salah this month, will need to get a move on with the closure of the transfer window just four days away

We’ve also got the latest on Southampton defender Luke Shaw, who is a target for the cream of the Premier League, plus Newcastle’s bottom line  for Yohan Cabaye bids. Click here for more. 

17
Jan

Mourinho targets Atletico star

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Atletico Madrid have a habit of developing top-class strikers. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have all graced the Vincente Calderon in the past seven years. Atletico seem to get a good price for their top talent and then immediately replace with players of equal capability.

Diego Costa could be the next star striker on the way out of Atletico. A host of clubs are known to be admirers and Friday’s newspapers report that Jose Mourinho is set to make him his major summer signing.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

7
Jan

Man United handed millions to reshape squad

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Manchester United currently sit seventh in the Premier League, five points off the Champions League places and a staggering 11 points off the summit. For some clubs this wouldn’t be a big deal, but United are used to success and the wealth it brings. 

It looks as if the Red Devils hierarchy are going to cave in and hand boss David Moyes a transfer fund of £100-200 million, depending on which newspaper you trust. Moyes wants to spend the money on targets such as Bilbao’s Ander Herrera and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, after missing out on them in the summer. It’s believed he sent a scouting party to watch the pair at the weekend.

For this rumor and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.